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October 27, 2013

World's worst cities for outdoor air pollution: not the ones that spring readily to mind


"Four of the most polluted cities in the world are in Iran — and that doesn't even include Tehran."

[via Quartz and Shoebox Dwelling]

October 27, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Massimo Vignelli's classic 1966 Stendig Calendar, now in its 48th year


From the website:



Calendar consists of 12 sheets of randomly alternating black and white pages in Helvetica type printed on 60 lb. paper.

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It has three matte black metal eyelets on the binding strip for easy hanging; the perforated sheets are easily torn off.

36" x 48".



October 27, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Joe Peach demonstrates the ultimate "knock-on" effect


My longtime friend and reader and general good spirit emailed me yesterday afternoon as follows:


What was that?


When my computer displayed this picture [above; it appeared in yesterday's 8:01 a.m. post] I thought I heard a "sigh" from the back of my room (no one else was here)!

As I looked behind me, this is where the sound came from...


October 27, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

DON'T PANIC — How to make your own messenger bag from a towel

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Love it.

From Nerd by Night: "A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. And there is even a way to make it slightly more useful. This towel messenger bag is not only good to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal, but you can also use it to carry things around."

[via GeekCrafts, Neatorama, feedly, and Judie Stanford]

October 27, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Setting up my nifty new motion-activated battery-powered LED light — through Google Glass, with the assistance of Gray Cat

YouTube caption: "Watch what happens when a TechnoDolt®™© tries to put the batteries in. Pretty pathetic. And I'm being generous."

More on this excellent light here.

October 27, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow. 

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: also in white.

A third: porcelain.

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October 27, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

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